Depending on your citizenship, you may need an entry visa and/or residence permit when coming to the Faroe Islands for a short or a long term stay.
Citizens of Nordic countries, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, can enter the Faroe Islands without a passport. However, they must be able to identify themselves upon request. A driving licence is valid form of identification.
Citizens of Nordic countries are free to live, work and study in the Faroe Islands. Neither visa, residence permit nor work permit is required.
All non Nordic nationals, including citizens of EU countries, must have a valid passport in order to enter the Faroe Islands.
Citizens from several countries outside EU must obtain a tourist visa for travelling to the Faroe Islands for up to 3 months.
The Faroe Islands are not parties to the Schengen Agreement, and a visa to enter Denmark or another Schengen country is not valid for entry into the Faroe Islands.
If you need a visa to enter the Faroe Islands, you will most likely also need a Schengen visa, since most travel to the Faroe Islands goes through a Schengen country, such as Denmark.
Non Nordic nationals entering the Faroe Islands for a stay up to 3 months must have the required means for the stay and for the return journey.
For stays longer than three months researchers and research candidates must have a residence and work permit. This also applies to EU citizens as the Faroe Islands are not a member of the European Union.
Since the Faroe Islands and Denmark are two distinct travel areas, a residence permit in Denmark does not carry with it the right to reside in the Faroe Islands.
The Faroe Islands have a general rule of only granting residence and work permit to foreign nationals with qualifications that are not available in the Faroe Islands. This rule does not apply to researchers as their work is considered to be closely linked to their personal qualifications.
Research candidates who have a Master´s degree can be granted a residence and work permit if they want to conduct research as part of their further education or career development at a Faroese research institute or company which provides the necessary facilities. Research candidates must be able to support themselves by their own means or through payment from research institutes or employers in their country of origin while staying in the Faroe Islands.
Applications for a residence and work permit in the Faroe Islands are processed by the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration on consultation with the Faroese Immigration Office.
Processing time for correctly completed applications for residence and work permit is normally within 3 months.
Find application for a residence and work permit in the Faroe Islands here: FO/AR1
Researchers who wish to extend their work and residence permit must submit a new application.
Find application for an extension of a residence and work permit in the Faroe Islands here: FO/AR2
A foreign resident in the Faroe Islands will lose his residence and work permit if he leaves the Faroe Islands for an extended period of time, or if he no longer maintains a residence in the Faroe Islands.
Foreign nationals who have held a residence and work permit in the Faroe Islands under the same conditions for seven consecutive years and have achieved a substantial attachment to the Faroese society, will normally qualify for a permanent residence permit.
In order to be granted a permanent residence permit the foreign national must still meet the requirements for a residence permit.
A permanent residence permit will not be given if the foreign national has been incarcerated or given any other form of severe criminal sentence during his or her residence in the Faroe Islands or has an overdue public debt in excess of DKK 50,000.
Applications for a permanent residence permit in the Faroe Islands are processed by the Danish Immigration Service.